Hulkenberg received a call from Racing Point team boss Otmar Szafnauer shortly before the race weekend at Silverstone. The German was asked to fill in for Sergio Pérez, who had tested positive for the coronavirus. Hülkenberg boarded the plane directly to Great Britain and qualified thirteenth on Saturday. Hülkenberg’s temporary comeback does not seem to go further than this, as it was just announced that he cannot participate in the race due to a problem with the hydraulics. The mechanics discovered the defect shortly before the start of the match, but were unable to fix it in time. Hülkenberg will therefore not appear at the start of the Grand Prix of Great Britain.
There is still a possibility that Hülkenberg will have a second chance, but this will only be the case next weekend. If Pérez has not recovered from the corona virus by that time, the driver from Emmerich will be allowed to take a seat behind the wheel of the Racing Point again. Hopefully he will have more luck and we will see him at the start of the race, which also represents the 70th anniversary of Formula 1.
Hülkenberg did not manage to get a seat in the motorsport class for this season, after he was replaced at Renault by Esteban Ocon. That the German is loved in the paddock, however, became clear when he announced his temporary comeback at Racing Point. He received a lot of praise and was warmly received on the grid by his colleagues.